Pediatric Dentistry


The mission of the postdoctoral program in Pediatric Dentistry at the RBHS-Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is to educate and train specialists in Pediatric Dentistry who can competently evaluate, improve and maintain the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and persons with special health care needs in a productive and compassionate manner.


The goals of the Postdoctoral Program are:

  1. To train postdoctoral students with the necessary knowledge, skills and critical judgment required to competently practice and promote the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry.
  2. To develop the postdoctoral student's ability to interpret and engage in research and scholarly activities.
  3. To prepare the postdoctoral students for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
  4. To enhance awareness of service to the community and the profession by participating in community outreach activities.

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four or five new positions are offered each year. Only graduates of ADA approved schools are eligible for resident salaries and tuition waivers.

Program Type

This is a combined university and hospital-based residency/certificate program for US and Canadian dental school graduates as well as foreign trained postgraduate students. An optional Master of Dental Science degree program may be selected.

The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine participates in the American Association of Dental Schools PASS centralized application program and the matching program of the National Matching Services.


The program in pediatric dentistry is balanced with significant hospital experiences. The course of study includes seminars and clinically oriented basic sciences, instruction in advanced clinical procedures and training in hospital protocol. Upon completion of the program, the postdoctoral student receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


PROGRAM ACCREDITATION - This program is designed according to the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the accreditation requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program has been granted full approval by the Commision and includes the courses listed below.

CORE CURRICULUM - The Core Curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation in the Biomedical Sciences upon which training in specialized dental disciplines is based. The Biomedical Science Core Curriculum meets the requirements set forth by the American Dental Association for all advanced dental specialty education programs. Didactic instruction occurs in a weekly two-hour seminar during both academic years of the program.

BASIC PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY TECHNIQUES - At the beginning of the first year, the resident participates in a review course covering basic treatment techniques. The resident is involved in seminar discussion as well as pre-clinical technique experiences.

ADVANCED CLINICAL PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY - Clinical experience with advanced pediatric dentistry treatment is provided in the department clinic where residents are assigned for eight half-days each week during both academic years of the program. Patients requiring conscious sedation are treated in the department clinic. Patients requiring general anesthesia are treated in the facilities of the adjoining University Hospital.

ADVANCED PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY SEMINAR - Didactic instruction occurs in a weekly two-hour seminar during both academic years of the program. Classical readings and current periodic literature are reviewed for subjects such as child development, behavior management, growth and development, cariology and prevention, pulp biology, trauma, genetic syndromes, space management and interceptive orthodontics, dental materials and restorative dentistry, oral pathology, and periodontal disease.

CLINICAL SEMINARS - During a one-hour weekly seminar, residents review treatment of assigned patients. Each resident prepares case presentations for discussion with residents and faculty.

TEXTBOOK REVIEW - During a one-hour weekly seminar, a detailed review of current textbooks of pediatric dentistry is conducted, providing an in-depth overview of Pediatric Dentistry practice.

CURRENT PERIODICALS REVIEW - One hour is devoted each week to a review of the current periodic literature. Faculty and residents rotate as leaders of discussion of pediatric dentistry and general dental literature.

MANAGEMENT OF SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS - Residents treat patients with special care needs in the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic or the Special Care Treatment Center of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Comprehensive treatment is rendered with a variety of management techniques, including conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

CLINICAL ORTHODONTICS - An opportunity is provided to treat a variety of orthodontic conditions with fixed and removable appliances. Residents are assigned to the Department of Orthodontics clinic for supervision by the Orthodontics faculty one half-day per week throughout both years of the program.

PEDIATRICS - Residents are assigned for 4 weeks to the Department of Pediatrics of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Under the direction of the Pediatric Attendings, the resident participates in hospital pediatric rounds, out-patient clinics, and seminars in pediatrics. The resident is prepared to perform a routine physical examination on a child, differentiate normal and abnormal heart sounds, and discuss general principles of medical care for acutely and chronically ill children.

ANESTHESIOLOGY - Training in general anesthesia is provided by the Department of Anesthesiology of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The training involves a 4-week, full-time rotation at University Hospital. During these rotations, the resident participates in seminars, pre- and post-operative rounds, and the administration of anesthesia for general surgery. The resident is prepared to perform intramuscular, intravenous, and subcutaneous injections, and to prescribe sedation prior to general anesthesia. The resident also learns to intubate a patient and monitor the patient's vital signs during general anesthesia.

STATISTICS/SCIENTIFIC WRITING - During the first semester, residents participate in a 16-hour course introducing basic principles of statistics and research design. Experience in scientific writing is provided, including the preparation of abstracts, protocols, and research reports.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY RESEARCH - Residents are required to perform a research project. The protocol should be approved and the review of literature completed by the end of the first calendar year. At the completion of the second calendar year, the resident must have completed the research project and a report acceptable for publication in a major journal.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY TEACHING - The resident is provided with practical experience in teaching clinical pediatric dentistry to undergraduate students. This usually involves one half-day per week in the second year of the program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive stipends of approximately $50,808 for the first year, and $54,251 for the second year. Tuition is waived for US or Canadian-trained residents. Foreign trained postgraduate students receive no stipend and must pay the tuition of $53,004. (Subject to increase)


Instruction takes place in the following facilities:

  1. Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  2. University Hospital

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:

  1. Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
  2. Three PASS ETS PPI reports
  3. Personal interview
  4. US and Canadian graduates must have passed part two of the National Board examination prior to the start of the program.

Program Strengths

  1. Excellent resident stipend for graduates of ADA approved schools.
  2. Waiver of tuition for graduates of ADA approved schools.
  3. Strong didactic program.
  4. Opportunity to perform research.
  5. Opportunity to register for Master of Dental Science degree program.

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Program Faculty

Pediatric Dentistry

*Christopher V. Hughes, DMD, PhD, Professor and Chair
*Nanci Tofsky, DDS, MS, Professor and Clinical Director
*R. Glenn Rosivack, DMD, MS, Postgraduate Program Director, Professor
*Mary Burke, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor
Gerald Guzy, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor
*Madhu Mohan, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
*Jorge Caceda, DDS MPH, MS, Clinical Professor
*Melvyn Oppenheim, DMD, MDS, Clinical Professor
*Frank Ferrara, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
*Ryan Scally, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Hisham Merdad, BDS, DScD, Adjunct Clinical Professor
Christopher Hughes, DMD, PhD, Professor and Chair

*Board Certified

Special Care Treatment Center

Evan Spivack, DDS, Professor and Director
Mark D. Robinson, DMD, Assistant Professor
Michal Gold-Rosenbach, DMD, Adjunct Clinical Instructor

Program Profile


Program Type:

Combined School and Hospital Based
Certificate Program with optional Master's

Program Director:

Board Certified

Program Faculty:
(excluding Special Care Treatment Center)

4 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
9 Board Certified

Program Length:

24 Total Months
July 1st Start Date

Program Accreditation:
No. of Entering Positions:

5 or 6


$53,004 subject to increase (Waived for US/Canadian graduates; charged for international graduates)

Salary/Stipend Available for Residents:

$50,808 First Year
$54,251 Second Year


$50 Fee - October 1st Deadline

Participant in National Matching Service:


Participant in PASS:


Only US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered:


US citizens from foreign dental schools considered:


Non-US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered:


Non-US citizens from foreign dental schools considered:


Application for Admissions

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to:

Dr. Glenn Rosivack, Program Director
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
110 Bergen St., Room D716
Newark, NJ  07101-1709
(973) 972-4621